E. Sommer
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Are there any sports for which the world's best player is female?
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Equestrian Sports comes to my mind as the only Olympic Sports where men and women face each other in competitions. Dressage, in particular, is dominated by females. Isabell Werth and Anky van Grunsven ...

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Can a goalkeeper chip the ball to the head of a teammate from a goal kick to circumvent the backpass restriction?
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The IFAB issued a clarifiying statement on the matter. There has been much debate about whether, at a goal kick, the goalkeeper is permitted to ‘lift’ the ball to a team mate to head or chest it ...

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Soccer team lineup announcement time
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According to rule L.21 of the current Premier League Handbook: At least 75 minutes before the time fixed for the kick-off of a League Match, a representative of each participating Club shall ...

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Table Tennis Doubles Rules
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As the IITF rules state: 2.8.2 In doubles, except as provided in 2.8.3, the server shall first make a service, the receiver shall then make a return, the partner of the server shall then make ...

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When is the ball on the correct side in double table tennis serve?
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From the official rules: 2.1.6 For doubles, each court shall be divided into 2 equal half-courts by a white centre line, 3mm wide, running parallel with the side lines; the centre line shall be ...

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Why is Eliud Kipchoge’s 1:59:41 from Vienna not a world record?
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Because the IAAF applies a few restrictions for official marathon records. Among these is the absence of pacemakers. Kipchoge had dozens of pacemakers, none of them going the full distance, but being ...

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Two yellow cards before one is shown
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Yes, this is possible. Another example happened in the German Bundesliga, when a player scored the winning goal and immediately got two yellow cards. One for taking his shirt off, one for climbing the ...

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Will this be given as out or not?
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Reading Law 19.5 suggests that this would be out, if the fielder is properly in bounds when catching the ball. Your scenario does not cover any of these scenarios: 19.5 Fielder grounded beyond the ...

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Is quick corner kick permitted in association football?
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As a sidenote, neither a free-kick nor a corner kick require a whistle by the referee in general. A whistle is mandatory if a yellow/red card was awarded (my team got a goal once disallowed because ...

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In football, is it offside if an attacker passes backwards but it deflects forward of a defender?
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Offside. All what matters is the relative position of ball and receiver (forward) at the time of the pass. The rules do not specify anything about the direction of the pass. From Law 11 of the FIFA ...

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Why would hitting the ball with the leading edge generate more spin?
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Yes it's in principle true, depending on how the racket is moved (see point 2). I used to play table-tennis myself and my coach taught me once a backspin service with the intention to hit the ball at ...

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In the NBA, why do teams spend all their money available?
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First of all, the 100 million is only around half the team's budget. The league and the players agreed on using only 51% of total revenue for player's salaries. It is rational to spend all of it ...

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Can an opposing player take the ball from the goalie, inside the goalie's area, when the goalie has placed it on the ground to kick it
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If it's in open play, this is perfectly fine as long as it's not a foul against the goalie and the goalie does not touch the ball with his hand. If the goalie put down the ball to do a free kick or a ...

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Where can I get data for individual player statistics in European football?
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For the Bundesliga, kicker is among the best when it comes to individual level data.

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Getting trapped, and passing to self off of your opponent's backboard/rim?
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That should work. I recall one NBA player who tried a rebound against the own board during the last minute of a game, as this would have been the 10th rebound, yielding a triple double. Despite being ...

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Women's versus Men's pay in majors
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Because apparently the ITF would like to make a stand by honoring men's and women's effort equally. Obviously, they were not aiming at an equal hourly wage, but at an equal reward for making it to the ...

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How was the 1954 FIFA World Cup quarter-final draw determined?
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It's not true that the group-winners ended in the same bracket. Instead, Group1 played against Group2 and Group3 against Group4: Austria (G3, 1st) - Switzerland (G4, 2nd) Uruguay (G3, 2nd) - England (...

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What do referees say to footballers after they score?
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By regulation, referees are not obliged to tell anything to a goal scorer. All they have to do is whistle and prepare the kick-off. It would be highly unprofessional to congratulate a player. The only ...

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